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    Old 11-03-2007, 06:11 AM   #1
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    what are the final stages of demntia signs

    MY grandfather is in a nursing home and has dementia. He had been able to communicate with me. 6 days ago he began having speech difficulty speaking whereas i have a hard time understanding him and he just repeats what ever you say to him

     
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    Old 11-04-2007, 11:58 AM   #2
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    Re: what are the final stages of demntia signs

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    MY grandfather is in a nursing home and has dementia. He had been able to communicate with me. 6 days ago he began having speech difficulty speaking whereas i have a hard time understanding him and he just repeats what ever you say to him
    Loss of communication skills varies in each and every person, but does manifest itself eventually at some stage. Lack of communication is not part of the final stages, it's just another level.

    Final stages are when they have trouble swallowing and aspirate everything (choke). They sleep a lot, and have no energy or appetite.

    Read the sticky at the beginning of this forum for an idea of the stages.

    I wish you luck.

     
    Old 11-05-2007, 09:38 AM   #3
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    Re: what are the final stages of demntia signs

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    Loss of communication skills varies in each and every person, but does manifest itself eventually at some stage. Lack of communication is not part of the final stages, it's just another level.

    Final stages are when they have trouble swallowing and aspirate everything (choke). They sleep a lot, and have no energy or appetite.

    Read the sticky at the beginning of this forum for an idea of the stages.

    I wish you luck.
    Thank you for replying. He has been choking for some time now. He now is no longer able to swallow and has a very difficult time chewing, if at all. when liquid are placed in his mouth via straw or anything to just wet his mouith to keep from being very dry he also chokes. i really feel helpless.

     
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    Re: what are the final stages of demntia signs

    Sorry to hear he's at THAT stage .. that's so frightening for everybody!!!

    Is is fluids being thickened? His food pureed? As he can no longer tolerate a normal diet, his food needs to be modified. Of course, it does depend on his swallow reflex.

    However, if all that has been trialled and he is still choking, then he is at the end-stage of his life, and yes, feeling helpless has a great deal to do with it because there is nothing you or anybody can do to prolong his life.

    You see, his body is now taking over and making it do what it needs to do to shut down. He's had enough honey, and it's time for him to move on. This is the hardest part to accept. From the onset of AD, you have been losing him in bits and pieces, and now, it's apparent that the final battle is being fought.

    He's tired. He's exhausted. Eating will become painful and it's cruel to watch someone being fed who's body is begging to be left alone.

    At this stage, his doctor should have taken him off all medications except pain relief.

    Play soft music, burn some calming essential oils. Sit with him, hold his hand. Talk to him. Tell him it's ok to go to God's Garden. Tell him the angels are waiting there for him with open arms and open wings. Tell him he will be whole again when he get's there. Tell him it's ok to go, that it's time he went to be with his Mum and DAd and family members. Tell him you guys here on earth will miss him, but it's ok.

    It may be time to say goodbye. Now is not the time to air grievances or to be miserable and sit and cry at his beside. He needs to know everybody's OK and that he is at peace with himself.

    I have recently watched a slow death (took 4 months) but the final 2 days were beautiful. It was my first experience of watching death take its hold, and you know .. it wasn't as scary as I thought .. it was peaceful and calming and after he died, his room was filled with his energy and it was vibrant and healthy again. Totally amazing experience.

    I hope I've helped a little.
    Cheers

     
    Old 11-09-2007, 12:39 PM   #5
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    Re: what are the final stages of demntia signs

    my grandfather has completely stopped being able to chew or swallow 2days ago.. even if u try to give fluids he chokes. Today, when i seen him he is completely unresponsive, looking as if in a daze but not blinking, mouth open and laboured breathing. Last night when i seen him i held his hand and he squeezed it really tight as i talked to him. Today as i held his hand and talked to him he didnt squeeze my hand or respond to my holding his hand. it is like he is dazed. is this also a end-of-life stage.

     
    Old 11-09-2007, 07:55 PM   #6
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    Re: what are the final stages of demntia signs

    Unfortunately, yes, this is the FINAL stage. No more to go. This is it.

    He will have probably gone by the time you read this, or if not, he won't be far. Rejoice in the man you loved, the life he lived and the fact he is once again whole and with loved ones when he passes on.

     
    Old 11-12-2007, 10:00 AM   #7
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    Dear Angel Bear, Thank you so very much for your help in this "long Goodbye of my grandfather. You were truly a Blessing to My family and I, but most of all me! My grandfather passed on November 10 at 12:43 am, and i was right there ny his side praying with and for him as he made his transition. It was a blessing in itself. Again, Angel Bear thanks you for preparing me for what was to come.

     
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    That's ok .... glad I helped a little. Also glad that your Grandfather made an easy transition into his next journey of life .........

    Cheers & Bless

     
    Old 11-12-2007, 12:30 PM   #9
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    My condolences, Karla. I am glad you were there. Your presence was surely a comfort to him.

    Love,

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    Old 11-12-2007, 01:00 PM   #10
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    Re: what are the final stages of demntia signs

    Karla...my sincere sympathies join the others here. Such a wonderful grand daughter you have been! Bless you, bless you for staying by his side.

    Angelbear...once again, your posts bring needed information...thank you!......Pam

     
    Old 11-12-2007, 02:55 PM   #11
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    My sincere sympathy goes out to you as well. What a blessing to you both that you were able to be with him at the end. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this time of grief.

    Love, Deb

     
    Old 11-12-2007, 05:19 PM   #12
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    I'm glad you were at his side, Karla. He's free now. That's a blessing in itself.

     
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